Smith lets rip after Dons release

ANGRY Dons midfielder Gary Smith has slammed Martin Allen for releasing him while planning on becoming Leicester's new boss, and rapped: "It should have been up to the new manager."

The 23-year-old playmaker was let go by Allen on Monday along with fellow out-of-contract players Adolfo Baines, Lee Harper, Jamie Smith, Ben Chorley, Ben Harding and Nicky Rizzo, while Scott Taylor was told he can leave on a free transfer.

But fans' favourite Smith – who struggled to get into the first team under Allen – reckons the departing Dons' boss should have left the decision up to the new manager as he was in talks with the Foxes on the same day.

Smith told the Citizen: "I'm a bit surprised he's gone but I'm even more surprised he has released players just before leaving.

"You would think the new man coming in would want a say about who stays and who goes.

"But I had a feeling that if we didn't go up I wouldn't get a contract because the manager would have to make cut-backs, so I had kind of expected it because he didn't always pick me in the team."

But the pint-sized schemer didn't apportion all the blame on Allen for his release, as he believes chairman Pete Winkelman must also have had a say.

Smith said: "It wasn't good of the manager to do that but the chairman must have had a say too.

"If he had any sign that Allen was going to go you would think he would have said 'hold on a second, if you're going I don't think you should be releasing our players'.

"So it must have been the chairman's decision too."

Allen's imminent departure could re-open the Dons door for Smith if a new manager decides to re-assess the squad, but the midfielder doesn't hold much hope of returning.

Smith said: "You never know but it seems over now so I'll have to look for something new and move on.

"I'm not too sure what I'm going to do at the moment, my agent is having a look around and I'm on the PFA list of available players so I'll see what comes up."

Meanwhile, Allen's exit could also hand talented midfielder Jon-Paul McGovern a second chance at the Dons after he was left out of the play-off defeat to Shrewsbury last Friday following a bust-up with the boss.

The 26-year-old winger looked set to be bombed out by Allen this summer after being told to stay away from the National Hockey Stadium for the 2-1 semi-final second leg defeat following a blazing row.

But McGovern – who was apparently unhappy at being left out in favour of long-throw specialist Jude Stirling – could now be back in favour under a new boss.